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Wagner - Die Walkure

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Robert Gambill, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Angela Denoke, Renate Behle, and Tichina Vaughn star star in this 2002/3 Staatsorchester Stuttgart production of the Wagner opera conducted by Lothar Zagrosek.

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  • Actors: Robert Gambill, Angela Denoke, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Renate Behle, Attila Jun
  • Directors: Christoph Nel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, DTS Surround Sound, Dolby, Subtitled, Anamorphic
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 229 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 stars for orchestra/conductor; 2 stars for cast; 2 stars for director; overall, 3 stars for entertainment
This performance appears to be identical to one released by TDK. It received decidedly mixed reviews, and I refer you to that posting at Amazon for other opinions. The production is from Stuttgart and is part of a Ring cycle conducted by Zagrosek with a different director for each opera. Let me begin by saying that if you are interested in a well sung Walkure and don't care to watch, then go immediately to an audio recording. None of the commercial dvd recordings are the vocal equivalent of classic recordings (both live and studio). So let's begin with the visuals. In a nutshell Act 1 left me astonished; when it worked, it was great; when it didn't, it was stupid. Act 2 left me perplexed and bored. Act 3 left me literally on the floor rolling in laughter.
Act 1: Siegmund (Gambill) looks like a younger Melchior (barrel chested and chunky); rather than a fake animal skin, he bounces about in shorts and a hoodie for most of the act. His singing, while not near a Melchior (since I brought up the comparison), is mostly up to the challnge and, despite his girth, he moves about fairly well. Sieglende (Denoke) is even better as is Hunding. What really works is the chemistry between S & S; they act as if they feel animal passion; no stand and sing for those two Unfortunately, as is often the case when directors take the Ring out of its mythological time, many details make little sense (e.g., sword pulled out of sheath held by Sieglinde, Hunding plays with a gun),
Act 2: This act is the weakest and, at times, tedious. It opens with Wotan (Rootering) dressed in a windbreaker as if he were about to go out and buy a quart of milk.
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